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Old 09-24-2009, 07:24 PM   #1
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Default Stupid ??? re: stuck fermenting bucket lid

I know, this is stupid, but, I put the lid on too well last Sunday, and now I can't get it off. Is it OK to just wail on it with a hammer & screw driver? I thought I saw a lid opening tool somewhere but I can't seem to find it.

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Old 09-24-2009, 07:30 PM   #2
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lift some weights then try again But seriously they can be a pain, but you should be able to get it off with your hands.









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Old 09-24-2009, 07:32 PM   #3
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I wouldn't use a screwdriver and hammer, as that's very likely to leave permanent scratch marks and other indentations, which will end up harboring infections later on.

I initially thought mine was stuck on as well the first time I used a bucket instead of a carboy. What I find works well for removing the lids that seem tighter than normal is to very carefully pry in just one spot using my fingers with all my force. I will put my left hand on the side of the bucket, and the right tightly gripping under the rim, and push/pull as hard as I can. That is usually enough to get it started. Once I'm able to get the lid moving just a little, it's just a matter of working at it for a bit to get it off.

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Old 09-24-2009, 07:37 PM   #4
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Try the paint department at Lowes/HomeDepot for a lid removal tool.
Those are less expensive than the ones at the Homebrew store.

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Old 09-24-2009, 07:41 PM   #5
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I get P'd off sometimes when as I move around the bucket releasing it from the bucket the other side I already got off is sealing back on again because of the pressure I am putting on the opposite side.

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Old 09-24-2009, 07:46 PM   #6
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On some bucket lids there are places every few (4-5) inches to cut which makes removal easier. If you haven't cut them it makes removal harder.

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Try the paint department at Lowes/HomeDepot for a lid removal tool.
Those are less expensive than the ones at the Homebrew store.
That or a rubber mallet might work if you already have one.
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I found a technique that really works! You take out the airlock, and put your need really hard in the middle of the bucket lid. Then, peel up the side across from you while you push with your knee. It comes off much easier that way.

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As a last resort..... heat the lid up to soften it some. Heat gun or hair dryer.

Some brands of buckets are stiffer than others. The morebeer bucket lids are very easy to remove.



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